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Japan goes from baby boom to bust in two generations

Childbirths in Japan are on course in 2022 to fall below 800,000 babies for the first time in recorded history since 1899. PHOTO: AFP
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TOKYO – Planet Earth hit a milestone of eight billion people in November, but the prognosis for Japan, the world’s oldest society, is bleak.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk warned in a tweet in May that the country could “eventually cease to exist”. 

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